Is there one room in your home harder to heat and cool than the others - it's one of many common heating problems. Do you have an addition or a unique layout? In some cases, the answer to your heating problems could be the installation of a ductless system.
Ductless units are quiet, energy-efficient and easy to install on the wall or ceiling. Some homes opt for just ductless units. Depending on the model, up to six indoor ductless units connect to one outdoor AC compressor. This allows each room, or zone, to be the desired temperature of the current occupant. Ductless also works really well in additions, older homes or those with complex architecture.
Ductless mini splits are an alternative to traditional HVAC systems. A mini split consists of two parts: an indoor unit and an outdoor condenser. The indoor unit is compact and usually hangs on the wall. Because it is ductless, it heats and cools only the area it is in. It operates independently of your central air system or can take the place of it for zoned HVAC.
Ductless mini splits are energy efficient and economically priced. Installing a mini split is significantly more cost effective than restructuring or adding ductwork or buying a new heating or cooling system. While they do hang on the wall, new models are sleek and small. Oftentimes, you won't even notice they are there!
Do you have one room in your house that's always colder or hotter than the rest of your home? Instead of getting all new ductwork, consider adding a mini split. It boosts the heating or cooling in its own space. For example, do you have a sunny front room that gets too hot or a back bedroom that's always chilly? Use a ductless AC or ductless heat pump to even the temperatures.
If your home has an addition, you may notice it doesn't keep up with the rest of the house. This is because the ductwork and HVAC were structured for the home before the addition was built. The easiest way to bring your new space up to speed is with a ductless mini split. You can heat and cool the rest of the house like normal, and the mini split will supplement the addition. If you plan to finish a space, like an attic, garage or basement, ductless units save you the time and expense of installing new ductwork too.
Homes with high ceilings, unique floor plans, varying types of flooring (like tile, marble or stone) or rooms that are closed off can be difficult to heat and cool evenly. A mini split helps balance the temperature in homes with complex architecture to maintain a consistent comfort through the home.
Older homes usually come with aging ductwork, traditional zoning, and limited supply vents. Sometimes, older homes can also have closed off floor plans. Perhaps sections of the house were added over time. These circumstances can make it challenging for your AC and heater to push air evenly throughout the home. If you find that some of your rooms are particularly cold in the winter and hot in the summer, a mini split is an efficient and economical solution.
Some households, like empty nesters, for example, find they spend most of their time in two to three rooms. To solve this, run your central air at a higher temperature in the summer while cooling the priority living spaces with a ductless AC unit. Set the thermostat lower in winter while you enjoy greater comfort in the rooms you use with a ductless mini-split heat pump model, which both heats and cools.
Another benefit to ductless heat pumps and air conditioners is HVAC contractors install them quickly. Because there's no ductwork to fabricate, install and connect, it saves time and labor costs. An HVAC technician drills a three-inch hole to connect electrical and refrigerant lines between the indoor air handler and the outdoor AC compressor unit. This also eliminates security concerns people have with window AC units.
So, if you're interested in ductless mini splits to solve your heating problems, we're happy to help! Schedule an appointment today for a free estimate. A Comfort Consultant will come to your Kansas City home, assess the issues, and provide you with several options. Never any pressure or sales tactics, just assistance.